Mike and Christine Koblic are constituent members of what is probably the smallest fencing club anywhere.
Mike learned fencing in Campbell River when there was a much larger club.
When that became defunct he moved onto Comox where he was joined by his wife, Christine. Travelling to Comox for a weekly fencing session was time-consuming and relatively expensive so the couple bought a wireless scoring system and started fencing in the Recreation Centre. They now fence twice a week. They tried to contact other ex-members of the old fencing club but without success.
Not having a coach is a problem but they videotape their sessions, they ask questions on the Internet and occasionally travel to Vancouver to train in a club which includes members of the Canadian national team and the team’s coach.
“It’s an incredibly exciting experience but also very humbling,” says Mike.
The couple are still looking for fencing partners, so if you have the equipment and are interested call Mike at (250) 202-0193 or send him an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org